See below for information on seminars from the 2014-2015 academic year, including links to video of the seminars and readings.

Previous Lectures

May 11, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Downhill From Here? Health Trends After Adolescence

Kathleen Mullan-Harris, PhD [BIO]
Director National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
University of North Carolina

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, M. Ed. [BIO]
Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education
Teachers College and College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University

Harris K, Gordon-Larsen P, Chantala K, Udry J. Longitudinal Trends in Race/Ethnic Disparities in Leading Health Indicators From Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(1):74-81. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.1.74.

Harris, Kathleen-Mullan. An Integrative Approach to Health. Demography. 2010.02.01. doi:10.1353.

April 14, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Bridging Seminar
Learning to Eat: Determinants of Feeding Behaviors and the Biological Basis of Eating

Julie Mennella, PhD [BIO]
Monell Chemical Senses Center

Nicole Avena, PhD>
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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March 23, 2015,11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Long Latency: Childhood Exposure and Adult Disease

Matthew Gillman, MD, SM [BIO]
Director of the Obesity Prevention in the 
Department of Population Medicine at the 
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

Frederica P. Perera, Hsin-wen Chang, Deliang Tang, Emily L. Roen, Julie Herbstman, Amy Margolis, Tzu-Jung Huang, Rachel L. Miller, Shuang Wang, Virginia Rauh. Early-Life Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and ADHD Behavior Problems. PLOS One. Published: November 5, 2014DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111670

Perera, F, Herbstman, J. Prenatal environmental exposures, epigenetics, and disease. Reproductive Toxicology. Volume 31, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 363-373.

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February 25, 2015,11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Fetal Programming: Intrauterine Life and Chronic Disease

Peter W. Nathanielsz, MD [BIO]
Professor and Director 
Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research
UT Health Science Center at the San Antonio
School of Medicine

L.H. Lumey, PhD, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health

Jaehyek Choi, Cun Li, Thomas J. McDonald, Anthony Comuzzie, Vicki Matternand, and Peter W. Nathanielsz. Emergence of insulin resistance in juvenile baboon offspring of mothers exposed to moderate maternal nutrient reduction.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 301:R757-R762, 2011. First published 8 June 2011; doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00051.2011.

Elena Zambrano and Peter W Nathanielsz. Mechanisms by which maternal obesity programs offspring for obesity: evidence from animal studies. Nutrition Reviews® Vol. 71(Suppl. 1):S42–S54.

Peter W Nathanielsz, Stephen P Ford, Nathan M Long, Claudia C Vega, Luis A Reyes-Castro, and Elena Zambrano.Interventions to prevent adverse fetal programming due to maternal obesity during pregnancy. Nutrition Reviews® Vol. 71(Suppl. 1):S78–S87.

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February 6, 2015, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Parenting Before Conception: Intergenerational Forces and Chronic Disease Risk

George Davey-Smith, MD [BIO]
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
University of Bristol, Bristol CardioVascular

Katherine Keyes, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health


Davey-Smith G. Epigenesis for Epidemiologists: Does Evo-Devo Have Implications for Population Health Research and Practice?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2012; 41:236–247.

Lawlor D. The Society for Social Medicine John Pemberton Lecture 2011. Developmental Overnutrition—an Old Hypothesis with New Importance?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2013;42:7–29.

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January 21, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Hawking Health, Hawking Risk: Market Forces and Chronic Disease

Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH [BIO]
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College

Amy Fairchild, PhD, MPH
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health


Stuckler, D, McKee, M, Ebrahim, S, and Basu, S. Manufacturing Epidemics: The Role of Global Producers in Increased Consumption of Unhealthy Commodities Including Processed Foods, Alcohol, and Tobacco. PLOS Medicine, July 2012.

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November 19, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Genes and the Environment: Early Exposure and Chronic Disease

David Reiss, MD [BIO]
Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center
Yale School of Medicine 

Pam Factor-Litvak, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health


Reiss, D, Leve, L, and Neiderhiser, J. How Genes and the Social Environment Moderate Each Other. American Journal of Public Health. September 2013.

Eriksson, J, Forsén, T, Tuomilehto, J, Winter, P, Osmond, C, and Barker, D. Catch-up growth in childhood and death from coronary heart disease: longitudinal study. BMJ. February 15, 1999.

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October 13, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Cause or Coincidence Aging and Chronic Disease

Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH [BIO]
Senior Investigator and Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section
Intramural Research Program
National Institute on Aging

Ursula Staudinger, PhD
Director of the Columbia Aging Center
Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health


Studenski S, Perera S, Patel K, et al. Gait speed and survival in older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association. January 5, 2011.

Ferrucci L, Studenski S. Chapter 72. Clinical Problems of Aging. In: Longo DL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Jameson J, Loscalzo J. eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2012.

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September 24, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Cuddling and the Epigenome
Early Mothering and Chronic Disease Risk

Michael Meaney, CM, PhD, CQ, FRSC [BIO]
Associate Director of the Research Centre for the Douglas Institute
James McGill Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director of the Program for the Study of Behaviour, Genes and Environment
McGill University

Tomas R. Guilarte, PhD
Leon Hess Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health


Teh AL, Pan H, Chen L, et al. The effect of genotype and in utero environment on inter-individual variation in neonate DNA methylomes. Genome Res. published online April 7, 2014

McGowan PO, Sasaki A,D'Alessio AC, Dymov S, Labonté B, Szyf M, Turecki G, Meaney MJ. Epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in human brain associates with childhood abuse. Nature Neuroscience 12, 342 - 348 (2009) Published online: 22 February 2009

Meaney M. Maternal care, gene expression, and the transmission of individual differences in stress reactivity across generations. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 2001. 24:1161–192

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